By Jon Solomon, CBS Sports:
SEC coaches came to their annual spring meetings feeling disadvantaged. Some of them want the entire country to adopt their rule banning satellite summer camps. Some want the SEC to be on the same page with other conferences when it comes to accepting graduate student transfers. This attitude of feeling disadvantaged was summed up by Alabama coach Nick Saban, who said Tuesday he wants all five major conferences to use the same rules. “These things need to be global, otherwise we’re going to become a farm system for all the other leagues,” Saban said. “And then the first question we’re going to get asked is, we win seven national championships in a row and (reporters ask), ‘Well, what’s the state of the SEC? You haven’t been in the championship game the last two years.’”
By Mike Herndon, al.com:
Jim McElwain still remembers when he got that phone call from Nick Saban. “When he first called, I actually hung up on him because I thought it was one of my buddies messing with me,” McElwain said. “I’m just happy he called back, obviously.” That phone call that McElwain, then the offensive coordinator at Fresno State, thought was a joke ultimately shifted his career into overdrive, as he helped Alabama win national championships in 2009 and 2011 as offensive coordinator, then moved on to lead Colorado State to a 22-16 record in three years as head coach before becoming Florida’s new head coach this year.
By By Barrett Sallee, Bleacher Report:
“You can’t create a system that really can almost promote fraud.” Alabama head coach Nick Saban issued a warning today that this is the road that college football could be heading down in the age of autonomy if the Power Five conferences—the ACC, Big 12, Big Ten, Pac-12 and SEC—don’t get on the same page regarding key legislative issues that will define the future of major college football.
By Seth Emerson, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
If Nick Saban runs into a Georgia football staffer these days, the chances are decent that Saban used to employ him. Over the past 18 months, Georgia has hired a number of staff members with a direct tie to Alabama: Defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt, who was Alabama’s secondary coach from 2010-12, and for three years before that a quality control coach. Linebackers coach Kevin Sherrer, an Alabama director of player development from 2010-12.
By Jack Jorgensen, fansided.com:
Alabama head coach Nick Saban has been keeping his time occupied lately by apparently catching monster-sized fish. There’s still a few more months before the college football season gets underway, so coaches have to keep some of their time occupied in a variety of ways. Alabama head coach Nick Saban met with the media on Tuesday, and he revealed how he has been keeping that time of his occupied before it’s time to get rolling with the 2015 season.
By Trey Scott, 247sports.com:
While Auburn has emerged as the trendy pick to win the Southeastern Conference, it’s Alabama who Lindy’s Sports tabs to win the SEC in its 2015 preseason college football magazine, which hit newsstands this week (you can order your copy here.) “Nick Saban has amassed another super-talented roster, and he knows what to do with it,” the magazine says. “We find nothing about repeating in the West easy, but Saban has earned trust that it can be done in ’15.” The magazine is concerned about the quarterback position for Alabama and the Crimson Tide returning just 11 starters.
By Mark Inabinett, al.com:
Guard Arie Kouandjio thinks what he learned in five years at Alabama will serve him well in the NFL. Kouandjio is preparing for his first pro season after being selected in the fourth round of the 2015 NFL Draft by the Washington Redskins. “Toughness, patience, discipline, commitment, effort and pride,” Kouandjio told redskins.com of his Crimson Tide experience. “Those are the big things that we harp on and focus on, and that’s what I feel like I have instilled in me. … Mental toughness, physical toughness, making sure your body dies before your mind does and just pushing through. Your body is capable of doing way more than you allow it to. At Alabama, you have to push through that.”
By Alex Scarborough, ESPN:
Where Nick Saban goes, talent follows. If he picked up from Alabama today and decided to coach football in Anchorage, Alaska, he’d find a way to convince more than a few top recruits to embrace a life of pigskin, snowshoes and earmuffs. He’d probably send some of them to the NFL, too. So if you have Saban available to you as a resource, why wouldn’t you take advantage of that?
By Bill Landis, cleveland.com:
No. 8: Alabama RB Derrick Henry – Why he’s here? That’s a fair question considering that Henry ranked 17th in rushing yards last year among the top Power 5 conference running backs returning this season. Obviously 990 yards wouldn’t cut it in any Heisman Trophy race, but Henry is still on our short list of favorites because of what he could be in 2015. You may remember Henry as the guy who had 149 total yards on 15 touches against Ohio State in the Sugar Bowl, all while mysteriously disappearing from Alabama’s gameplan for long stretches. Henry is here because he’s a talented Alabama running back and he wouldn’t be the first of that breed to enter into the Heisman conversation. Former Bama back Mark Ingram was the last running back to win the award in 2009, and Trent Richardson finished third in 2011.